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Weekly Policy Summary – 19th August

August 19, 2016

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.



DfE – post-adoption support – independent review

August 16, 2016

As part of the DfE's vision for improving adoption, the DfE has published an independent review of the what is known about the strategies and therapies, and their effectiveness, which support adoptive parents and their adopted children. While the review does not find any one intervention better than another, it…


High Speed Rail update – Summer 2016

August 16, 2016

This briefing reports on key developments on the HS2 project and related activities since the last LGIU briefing on high speed rail in March 2016. It includes details of a recent report from the National Audit Office which identified that the Government’s plans for high speed rail are at risk…


Youth Justice System Review: Interim report

August 15, 2016

Two recent reports shed light on the youth justice system. The Ministry of Justice's commissioned review of the whole system has produced an interim report, and Lord Laming has reviewed how to improve keeping young children in care out of the criminal justice system. This CSN briefing looks at both…


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Weekly Policy Summary- 12th August

August 12, 2016

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.


Ofsted survey: Unknown children – destined for disadvantage?

August 11, 2016

Ofsted has surveyed local authorities and early years providers including schools and independent childcare settings about tackling the issues facing disadvantaged families and their young children. Key findings for LAs include the need to do more to increase take up of the offer of funded early education by disadvantaged two-year-olds…


Brexit: What about the Common Agricultural Policy?

August 9, 2016

There is as yet no clear plan for a post-EU agricultural or fisheries policy. The Common Agricultural Policy supports many aspects of EU policy, and this briefing will of be of interest to members and officers with an interest in rural development, coastal communities, and environmental sustainability.


On Your Radar July – August 2016

August 8, 2016

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months.


DfE policy – Post-16 Skills Plan

August 8, 2016

The Government’s long-awaited Post-16 Skills Plan was published in July. A radical overhaul of post-16 vocational or technical education is proposed. Students will be offered two choices for post-16 education, an academic or a technical route. The technical route will be further broken down into two “modes of learning”: employment-based…


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